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24 June 2012

Transmission of virus from human to chimpanzee

In 2010, a chimpanzee died at Copenhagen Zoo following an outbreak of respiratory disease among chimpanzees in the zoo. Identification of coxsackie B3 virus, a common human pathogen, as the causative agent, and its severe manifestation, raise questions about pathogenicity and transmissibility among humans and other primates.

Read the article 'Probable Transmission of Coxsackie B3 Virus from Human to Chimpanzee, Denmark' by GeoGenetics' researchers Nielsen et al. in Emerging Infectious Diseases Volume 18, Number 7 - July 2012.

Chimpanzee photo: ZOO København.